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Old 03-27-2011, 07:32 PM   #15
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Since I store my MH outside, I've been thinking about a cover but have been skeptical. Would like to hear about the good, the bad and the ugly before making a final decision.

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We store our RV under trees in our back yard. Without the cover, the roof and finish would be ruined. I know because I didn't have a cover for my previous two TT's. They looked horrible after just one year.

I've had custom Adco covers (Sunbrella) made for the last Class C and the new Class A. They do a great job. No paint damage and keep the finish nice and clean during storage.

They are a pain to put on but you get a system down after doing it once. I wish I had a nice RV garage but short of that, a cover will protect your investment. Don't get a cheap universal fit cover, go with an Adco custom cover. I suspect those complaining about finish damage from a cover must have tried the cheap ones. Never an issue with the two Adco Sunbrella covers we've had.
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Pluses (Some depend on address others on the cover) A good cover will protect the rig from sun, rain and SALT WATER SPRAY and bird droppings and tree sap and such.

HOWEVER. if the cover can move (Rub) against the motor home and there is any "Grit" even the tiniest grain of sand or other grit. and the cover can shift in the wind

you migth as well have sand paper glued to the inside of it, cause it's going to sand the heck out of your finish.

I do not cover. 2 reasons

1: Above
2: Full timer. Even when I still had a stick house I used the rig nearly every day (I could have covered it then just left a door flap)

You see.. My Ham radios are out here
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Good point on that you need to put it on a clean trailer/rv don't put one on when dirty. I have to say I am on my 2nd Adco cover and it is not lasting as well as the first, not sure but it seems to be thinner material this time around. I did go with the cheaper grey version vs. the new brown one. And getting the patches to stay on is a bit of a challenge. I will still cover though.
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... And getting the patches to stay on is a bit of a challenge.
On ours, the stick-um on the patches wouldn't hold in cold weather & they started to peel up. I spent many, many hours whip stitching patches one summer. You shoulda seen me in the middle of my family room floor surrounded by mega yards of heavy grey fabric! I had to clean the needle every 5 or 6 passes because it would gum up from passing through the stick-um. It wasn't easy but the patches stayed on after that.

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Thanks to everyone for sharing their experiences and advice. Sounds like I will hold off for now and focus on washing, waxing and keeping it clean. I would really hate to damage the paint on a brand new RV. As I have quickly found out, there's not a cheap fix for anything on this machine!
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Hey all, good points. I have helped my son put his cover on and off and yes it sucks.....especailly in bad weather. I did purchase a cover for our MH and have yet to put it on. We to like Steve and Dora live where the sun is more damaging long term..So I plan to install in between trips in the summer and not so much in the winter and winds. Paint fade on any vehicle is ugly or looks like it was neglected. So what ever makes you more comfortable.....Shoot my dermatolgist keeps telling me to cover up more in the sun..and I am more worried about MH...hhhmm something wrong with that picture..hehehe Happy adventures to all......
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Nlovnit, you took it off to apply the patches? Wow! good idea, for me I'm too lazy, so I applied while it was on the coach. I don't know what a whip stitch is anyways. The last time I used a combination of a double sided tape and some glue to hold them in place, so far is holding. I am surprised how poorly the adhesive on the patch works.
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Since I store my MH outside, I've been thinking about a cover but have been skeptical. Would like to hear about the good, the bad and the ugly before making a final decision.

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.....About 5 years ago I ordered a 15x40 Tarp from Camping world, since building an expensive Carport was not an option @ the time. The cost with free shipping was just under $50.00. It has been wonderful, I put my step ladder beside the rear ladder, I have two bungie cords around the tarp to carry it,and I go to the center of the roof. I unfold to the front 1st, then do the rear. I have probably 1 1/2 ft. of overhang on each side. I secure with bungie's and fold @ the windshield sides and @ the rear. All in all, probably less than an hour. It has a black underside and a silver outside to block sun rays. I have been very pleased and will purchase another one when needed. Since I have two roof a/c's, there's plenty of ventilation and not any chaffing at all. Hope this helps in your decision, JMHO. Good luck & travel safe.
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Nlovnit, you took it off to apply the patches?
We covered the coach only for winter storage from Nov-Apr so I sewed on the patches over a few days one summer. When the 1st poke-thru hole started half-way through the 1st winter, DH stuck a patch on it then. But, probably because it was in the 30's, it didn't stay stuck well, even using a hair dryer to warm up the fabric & patch first. Since many more holes/rips showed up before the season ended, I figured sewing was the only alternative to make them stay.

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